Any new mum will know getting to grips with breastfeeding can be tricky. These celebrities might look glamorous, but they are just like the rest of us when it comes to feeding their babies. Here’s what these famous mummies had to say about breastfeeding.
AdeleJust when we thought we couldn’t love Adele any more, when the singing superstar and mum of one brought up breastfeeding her baby during a concert at the O2, it was in response to Jamie Oliver’s comments that every mum should do it. Adele added: ‘Some of us can’t do it. I managed about nine weeks with my boobs, but some of my mates got postnatal depression from the way those midwives were talking. Breastfeed if you can but don’t worry, Aptamil [formula]’s just as good.’
Holly WilloughbyThis Morning star Holly Willoughby is never one to hold back, and that’s why we love her. When the topic of breastfeeding in public was brought up on the TV show, Holly defended a mothers’ right to breastfeed whenever and wherever she can, saying: ‘I understand if you were out with your breast out that would be different. Breastfeeding is not that easy! It’s difficult! Some babies can’t feed under a cloth because they don’t like being in the dark. It’s not that easy.’ Amen Holly.
Giovanna FletcherAuthor, mum of two and our wonderful columnist Giovanna Fletcher is always one to share her experiences of motherhood (and we love her for it). In a blog post about breastfeeding Buzz for Hello Magazine, Giovanna wrote: ‘I can’t tell you how many times I almost gave up. I didn’t have a smooth ride with breastfeeding – I wore nipple shields (never felt so attractive) and got a lovely lactation consultant over to try and help me and Buzz on our merry-breast-way. I was determined and stubborn about the whole thing – I hoped we’d get it right eventually. And we did.'
Chrissy TeigenThe mum of one has been very open about her struggles with postnatal depression after giving birth to baby Luna with husband John Legend, but breastfeeding was also on the list of topics Teigen was happy to talk about.
Telling Entertainment Tonight’: ‘The feeding schedule surprised me a lot. If you kind of do the math, you’re breastfeeding for ten hours a day total. It’s very loving and sweet but it’s not easy. It’s hard to work your entire day around getting her the nourishment she needs because [babies] are just little animals.’
Miranda KerrThe model was extremely open about her experience breastfeeding Flynn, her son with Orlando Bloom, frequently sharing images of herself nursing her baby on social media. Writing on her own website KORA Organics: ‘I intend to breastfeed for as long as I can. My breast milk will give our little Flynn the nutrition he needs for his continued healthy development, and to all the mums out there, I am sure you will make the right choice for you and your baby.’
BeyonceAlthough she’s kept pretty silent since giving birth to twins Sir Carter and Rumi, when it came to breastfeeding Blue Ivy, Beyonce told People.com: ‘I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it. It’s just so good for the baby and good for yourself.’
Thandie NewtonBritish actress Thandie Newton has been open about her extended breastfeeding, sharing photos on Instagram nursing her son Booker as a toddler. The caption read: ‘Perfect happiness @latitudefest. This is what my body is made for. And the rest is my choice #Freedom.’
When it came to feeding her babies, the fashion icon revealed she loved breastfeeding. When talking about her daughter Harper, she said: ‘Stopping work wasn’t an option for long, but I took as much time off as I could. I spend the whole summer with my boobs out, breastfeeding. I loved it. It was heaven.’
Gisele BundchenAnother model mother who shared nursing images with the world, Gisele wanted to spread a message about breastfeeding in her infamous comment: ‘[There] should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.’
The model later added to this statement on her own blog, explaining: ‘My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passions and beliefs about children. Becoming a new mom has brought a lot of questions; I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be best for my children. It’s unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white. I am sure if I would just be sitting talking about my experiences with other mothers, we would just be sharing opinions. I understand that everyone has their own experience and opinions and I am not here to judge. I believe that bringing a life into this world is the single most important thing a person can undertake and it can also be the most challenging. I think as mothers we are all just trying our best."